Phil Murphy Leads Kim Guadagno in Campaign Spending

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Democrat Phil Murphy has raised roughly three times more cash than Republican candidate Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in the race to succeed Chris Christie.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission said on Thursday, October 12th, that Murphy has raised $10.3 million so far to Guadagno's $3 million.

Murphy has spent about $5 million so far while Guadagno has doled out $2 million. During the 2017 primary, Murphy opted to self-finance his campaign and lent his campaign $16.9 million, far surpassing the $6.4 million limit he would have been subjected to if he chose to participate in the state's public financing program. In the general election, he reversed course and made a decision to participate, capping his total spending at the general election limit of $13.8 million.

Green Party candidate Seth Kaper-Dale and independent Gina Genovese earned less than $100,000 each and have little or no left in reserves. Other candidates including Libertarian Peter Rohrman, Constitution candidate Matthew Riccardi, and independent Vincent Ross have not reported any fundraising with ELEC.

Neither the Democratic Governors Association nor the Republican Governors Association, which have aired attack ads, have yet to disclose their spending, according to ELEC. Brindle called the disclosure policy a "loophole" and has long advocated for legislative changes to force disclosure from outside groups, something he says will create more transparency in the election process.

Independent committees have injected just $200,000 in spending this summer and fall, a fraction of their primary commitments.

Murphy leads Guadagno in polls ahead of the November 7th election.

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